Harriers out in force at latest Plymouth Westward Country League meeting
PUBLISHED: 15:32 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 13 February 2018
Whilst the biggest Exmouth Harriers turnout was at the Plymouth Westward Cross Country League this weekend, few would argue that the biggest challenge came in the Arc of Attrition 100-mile event in Cornwall, writes Cathy Newman.
The event starts in Coverack at noon on Friday, giving the participants until midnight on Saturday to complete the stunning, but gruelling, route around the coast path to Porthtowan.
Michael Robinson and Pete Fletcher were well within the target time with 28:04 and 28:20, respectively.
How much they were able to enjoy the glorious views is unclear. However, as Pete described this epic as ‘the hardest 28 hours of my life’, expect to see more Harriers taking part in the future!
Hannah Bown was also in action on Saturday, finishing sixth female and 41st overall in the Exeter Half Marathon, an event which takes place along the river and canal in Exeter. Her time was 91:15.
On Sunday, Rob Ellis led the club home with a fine eighth place in the cross-country; Ryan Snell made a belated debut for this season with 15th followed by Anthony Hatchard in 18th and Jamie Palmer in 27th. Dave Stone, 50th on Sunday, is currently second overall in the M45 category whilst Mac McNaghten, 66th on Sunday, leads the M50 category and Des White (98th) leads the M60 category.
Hugh Marsden was 72nd and Pete Belcher 90th. In the women’s race, Kate Baker and Susan Hill finished close together with Kate getting the advantage this time: 57th to 58th.
Alison White was 78th, new member Lynda Curtis 82nd and Dawn Teed 83rd. With one more cross-country to go, the men’s team is in third place.
Also on Sunday, seven Harriers completed the Four Trigs.
This is a self-navigational event of about 17 miles, including the East Devon trig points: Western Cliff, Beacon Hill, High Peak and Buckton Hill.
The first Exmouth Harrier home was Jon Croome followed by a strong performance from Scott Jordan, also dipping under the magic three hours. Richard Bishop, a regular at this event, was just outside three hours and the Kelly family (Sam, Nicki and James) ran together to the finish with another Four Trigs regular, Terry Oldham.